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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Kingston Daily Freeman
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:20:42 -0700

If you think anyone on the Nebraska football team has ever husked corn or that the Fightin' Irish are really Irish, then the last time you were on a college campus, you were wearing a raccoon coat. The alums like to pretend that everything's the way it ...
 
Greensboro News & Record
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:07:49 -0700

Get your hip flask and raccoon coat and pray to Peahead that history won't repeat itself. Otherwise, we're about to get left behind for good. Contact Ed Hardin at (336) 373-7069, and follow @Ed_Hardin on Twitter. Thank you for reading 20 free articles ...

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Film Threat
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:04:19 -0700

McCullough, however, seemed genuinely funny – he boasted a big smile and an infectious nasal laugh, and his costume of a ten gallon hat, tiny clip-on mustache and bushy raccoon coat was amusing to see. Clark tried and failed to look like a fool, but ...
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